In a nutshell: A fragrant, rounded and award winning Czech white with a touch of fullness.
The lowdown: Sonberk is in the Czech Republic's main wine region of Moravia not far from the Austrian border. This is one of their top wines and is made from Pálava grape variety which was bred here in the 1950s to suit the local climate pefectly. Made without oak ageing, on the nose it's lightly aromatic and has plenty of exotic fruity and spicy notes while on the palate there's a real richness to which the ripe flavours of pears and peaches combine to give generous creamy mouthfeel. It all draws to a pleasantly lingering finish shot through with hints of almonds.
When to drink: The Czech Republic may be off the beaten track, but this is a well made wine, worth looking out for. Nicely mouthfilling, it'll go really well with lightly spiced asian fish, chicken and rice dishes.
Situated in Moravia, the Czech Republic's main wine region, Sonberk Winery is a recent enterprise located an area where the history of vine growing and wine making goes back to at least the 16th Century. The current business was established in 2003 and their name is derived from the word 'Sonnberg' which refers to the sunny, south facing aspect of the slopes on their 45 hectares of vines grow. The grapes grown here include Rielsing, Pinot Gris, Merlot and the local Pálava, a late ripening local variety which suits this dry, cool climate region. The modern winery is a quite impressive place. It was designed by the acclaimed Czech architect Josef Pleskot and built into the hillside efficient winemaking was the prime objective. It also boasts a tasting room with spectacular views over the Pálava hills not far to the south.
Under winemaker Oldrich Drápal and vineyard manage Roman Slouk they practice sustainable viticulture and their range of varietal wines has, in recent years, been earning well deserved attention and more than a few awards.